Series: Marked Men #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters
Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.
To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.
But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.
Well, I’m totally surprised by how much I loved this book. I’ve had Rule on my kindle for ages, but I just never felt the need to read it until now. I wrote off NA a while ago, and put all those bad boy romances on the back burner, but I was in the mood for something entertaining, and I remembered how much I liked Better When He’s Bad, so I picked up Rule.
Crownover’s first novel is New Adult to the core. It stars a bad boy with tattoos and a virginal heroine who’s been in love with him for ages. It has the disapproving parents, the heartbreaking past, and even a crazy ex. The best friends are sassy and attractive, and the musical references are trendy. I knew how it would end before it even began, but you know what? I still loved it.
Rule opens up with Rule Archer waking after a drunken one-night stand. He doesn’t remember the girl’s name and doesn’t care to because all he’s concerned about is getting her the hell out of his apartment. Hovering over him, and watching his douchebaggery with disdain, is Shaw – the girl who he grew up with and the one who’s his exact opposite. Shaw drives a reluctant Rule to his family’s home every Sunday, where he has to swallow their disapproval and drown in his dead twin’s shadow. The tension, sadness, and angst were apparent from the opening chapter and that’s how I knew that this one was going to be good. Jay Crownover throws everything at you from the very beginning and keeps a steady and sexy pace all the way through.
This novel had New Adult written all over it, which can seem old and tired at times, but what I loved about it was that it had 2012 New Adult written all over it. You know what I mean when I say that. Rule and Shaw had that push and pull that’s totally thrilling. I loved each character individually – Shaw’s sweet understanding, and quiet strength, and Rule’s tough but bruised personality – but I adored them together. Their tumultuous story was the right amount of love and ruin and I thoroughly enjoyed their jerky ride.
This was my second book by this author and I think I like her style. Although this was pretty formulaic (sometimes you just have to accept it and roll with it), her characters stood out to me. They had personality and they popped. I loved that. I even loved the slightly suspenseful thread running through this novel. I’m excited to finish this series, and I’m so glad that I can still fall in love with a New Adult romance. Rule is on my shelf for fun-loving, diverting, sexy, and lovable reads and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good time.